The New Year brings in a host of good music to Chippewa Falls as every bar staged something. First it was the Sheeley House and Rhythm Posse, Then over to the Snout Saloon with Last Call. Finally a stop in to Every Buddy's Bar & Grill and Assembly Required. Great to have choices in town!
The first band of this Saturday night is one I have been hearing about for the past couple of months but have never seen. Adam Thoms, also in the band Blue Room and Alyssa Rieper formally of the band Feathe have come together to form the band Scrimbo. They have an eclectic mix of originals and songs written by friends. At times the whole indie-discord-angst sound was too much for me. But those times were not often, and overall I was very satisfied with the performance. Great to see new bands in the Chippewa Valley!
I wrote this back in October, but never quite got around to getting it posted here. So, under the category of better late than never.... There was lots of music in town on Saturday night. Though we got out too late to catch the show at the Sheeley House, we were able to hit Every Buddys Bar & Grill. At Every Buddys, they had what is usually their regular Thursday night open mic musicians on the big stage for a Saturday night. The bar had a pretty good crowd and people were having a fun time. Then, next door, The Snout Saloon had Mojo Lemon on their newly constructed stage. A fun night to live in Chippewa Falls!
The Wife's cell phone signaled an incoming text message at a little after 11pm on Monday night. We both groaned. Usually a late text means we are being called on to babysit the next day. And though our grand daughter is the sweetest, most darling creature in the world, it is always a game changer for the day's plan. But, to our surprise we were not being summoned as grand parents, we were being called upon as heavy metal rock fans. It was our friend from the cities, The Stash, who had some tickets the very next night for the Twins of Evil Tour, Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie at the arena in Mankato Minnesota. A long drive on a work night, but this was for the metal, we had to go.
When I walked in at The Snout Saloon, it was early second set. We were meeting Number One Son and his recently betrothed there. He had been there for a bit. I ordered up my beers and gave the band a listen. I was thinking "Lame", and expressed some displeasure to him. He agreed. I was thinking some of swilling through my beer and heading next door where The Magic Carpet show was playing. But then sometime in the next half a beer the music changed over, got more modern. The songs that I would have just as soon left forgotten, went away. I got happier, and we ended up staying for the whole show. I was impressed, and quite well entertained.
It was my first time at The Goat Coffeehouse in Eau Claire. They are an infrequent stage to local music. But, I had been clued in all the way from Chicago that this was going to be a good show. I didn't really feel like I could miss it. I wasn't disappointed. Charlie Burns and Emma Heitzig played 30 minutes over their scheduled time and I loved every minute of it.
When Anna took the stage, I have to confess I didn't recognize her. For one, I was looking in the wrong spot. I was looking center stage and she was in the non-traditional stage right for the whole show. And, she was wearing her normally long locks pulled up. It has been interesting to me to follow this girl, become woman, over the span of stage appearances. The band initially setup as a tight quartet and began to play. What I recognized even less than Anna was was the music. Anna launched into the singularly most amazing, hauntingly beautiful song I have ever heard her sing. Very different than what you are used to from this girl. It was really quite breathtaking. A quarter of the way into it I was kicking myself that I didn't video tape it. I was kicking even harder when at the end she announced she had written it this very morning. I wasn't going to find it on the CD at the end of the show. But, as far as disappointments go, that isn't a bad one to have. It was a jaw dropping beginning to what turned out to be a really great show at Chippewa Falls High School and a great way to spend a Thursday night.
Saturday night was the third and final night of the Decadent Cabaret, the Eau Clare smorgasbord of local music. An opportunity to see the usual bands in the most unusual of circumstances. Thats what makes the Decadent so hard to describe to others. The concept is: a band comes in and plays a short set. I have seen single song sets. Most times it is more though, five to seven maybe. Then, they are off the stage and another band setup. The music is mostly what I consider obscure. But, maybe I just live a sheltered life. It always seems like the crowd knows the music.